Munchies from Chez Panisse, Millenium, and Serpentine. Cubes of jack and cheddar from Spring Hill Cheese Company. Maybe a glass of sangiovese from Long Meadow Ranch or a rose from Berkeley’s Donkey and Goat winery. Cap it off with a slice of Mission Pie and scoops from Bi-Rite Creamery.
By Janna Brancolini
Years ago, my family and I stayed in Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C., the famously gay neighborhood of our nation's capital. One morning we were walking to breakfast when my then 11-year-old brother exclaimed, much to my mother's horror, "Mom, look at those fairies!"
"Nico, where did you hear that word?" my mom hissed quietly. Read more »
So, alas, storied 50+-year-old Berkeley bookstore Cody's, firebombed in the '80s for displaying Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, has closed rather abruptly due to flagging sales. I'm not going to go into the ironic narrative possibilities here -- Rushdie was just in town this week to give a rare reading, and, like, where were the ubiquitous Berkeley treesitters protesting a legendary bookstore's closure? Read more »
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a celebration of the abolition of slavery in Texas and is recognized as a state holiday in 29 states. On June 20th, a Juneteenth celebration was held in front of City Hall in San Francisco. The event included live music, from gospel to hip-hop and salsa. Vendors displayed traditional African wares such as mud cloths and big woven hats. Read more »